Legion opens tournament with victory

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Gazette staff
Thursday, July 18, 2013
PLOVER--Ryan Marro's two-out RBI single off the left-field wall helped the Janesville American Legion baseball team start the Plover Tournament off with a victory.
With the game tied 2-2, Riley Quinn belted a two-out triple. Then, Marro's line drive scored Quinn and Post 205 held on for a 3-2 victory over Marquette (Mich.) at Memorial Park.
It was a clean start to the tournament's pool play, as Janesville—troubled by fielding errors recently—played error-free baseball.
“We made a lot of errors the last five games, but the five leading up to that we didn't make any. It runs in cycles,” Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. “It's like hitting, it's contagious.”
Marquette got on the scoreboard right away as McKinley Larson plated two runs with a double off Janesville starter Brandon Hughes in the first inning.
Hughes settled in from there, allowing just those two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking one in six innings. He improved to 7-1.
“Brandon and our pitchers held us again,” Schenck said. “They gave us a chance, and that's all they're supposed to do.”
Post 205 tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Conner Osmond's single plated Cullen Osmond, then Zach Bailey scored on a passed ball.
The game remained tied until Marro's single in the sixth. Darrin Brewster pitched a clean seventh inning to earn the save.
Janesville improved to 20-9-1 and will play twice in Plover today, against Green Bay Southwest at 12:30 p.m. and Madison Impact at 5:30.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Graham, 3b, 4-0-0-0; Theisen, ss, 2-0-0-0; Coulter, lf, 3-0-0-0; Cu. Osmond, rf, 3-1-1-0; Traynor, rf, 0-0-0-0; Bailey, 1b, 3-1-1-0; Co. Osmond, dh, 3-0-1-1; Hughes, p, 0-0-0-0; Brewster, p, 0-0-0-0; Olson, cf, 1-0-0-0; Quinn, 2b, 3-1-2-0; Marro, c, 2-0-1-1. Totals: 24-3-6-2.
Marquette (ab-r-h-rbi)—H. Larson, 3b, 4-0-0-0; Lynch, 1b, 3-1-1-0; Hanson, ss, 2-1-0-0; M. Larson, p, 3-0-2-2; Walter, cf, 2-0-0-0; Stone, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Underwood, c, 3-0-1-0; Swajanen, rf, 2-0-2-0; Bratunia, lf, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 25-2-6-2.
Janesville                                                           000          201                  0—3
Marquette                                                         200          000                  0—2
LOB—Janesville 7, Marquette 7. SAC—Coulter, Olson, Walter, Swajanen. SB—Theisen. 2B—M. Larson 2, Underwood, Swajanen. 3B—Quinn.
                                                                               IP          H                     R                      ER                   BB                   SO
Hughes (W, 7-1)                                                   6          5                      2                      2                      1                      5
Brewster (S)                                                          1          1                      0                      0                      0                      1
M. Larson                                                              7          6                      3                      3                      4                      4

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